John M. Clifford has represented plaintiffs and defendants in litigation for more than thirty years. He has tried more than 125 cases to jury verdicts and was named by Washingtonian magazine as one of the top practitioners in employment law. In one landmark case, besides obtaining a substantial verdict for a college professor, the appellate decision established the right of employees to sue for sexual harassment under D.C. law.

In addition to numerous cases representing employees, Mr. Clifford has provided employment defense services to such diverse clients as the Office of the Architect of the U.S. Capitol, the Washington Hospital Center, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Mr. Clifford’s litigation practice focuses chiefly on employment issues such as discrimination, harassment, and whistleblower rights, but also includes a broad range of cases including malpractice, fraud, and defamation. Mr. Clifford also has extensive experience providing training to employers in regulated industries on maintaining work environments free from harassment, intimidation, retaliation, and discrimination.

Mr. Clifford is a Martindale-Hubbell AV-Rated attorney and a Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer.

Bar Admissions: Maryland, 1973; District of Columbia, 1974; U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1976; U.S. Supreme Court, 1986.

Education: J.D., Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, D.C., 1973; B.A., Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 1970.

Contact: John Clifford at 202-280-6115 or

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